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What will you make?

Maker City is a new makerspace designed especially for youth ages 8+. The 1,250 sq. foot studio offers a place where youth makers and families can design, invent, create and collaborate using real tools – the same materials and processes used by artists, builders, programmers and entrepreneurs.

Here's what you can do: 

  • Woodworking and take-apart (hammers, screwdrivers, drills)
  • Electronics (Little Bits, circuit blocks, soldering stations)
  • Fiber Arts (weaving loom, needlework supplies, sewing machine)
  • Computer-generated projects (laser and vinyl cutters, 3D printing, stop motion animation)
  • MAKING with materials to create whatever you can imagine!


See photos of the space in action HERE!

See the calendar of events for OPEN MAKE times. Supervision is provided in Maker City at all times. The supervisor will help youth find activities that match their abilities. Use of some equipment may require completion of a training session. 

We will continue to add Open Make and specialty workshops so be sure to bookmark this page!


Maker City Calendar of Events

Skill To Share

We need VOLUNTEERS with “making skills” and a passion to share with others. We also need “stuff.” Your donations of time and consumables will go a long way. Who knows, you might just be the catalyst for the next new invention. 

Special thanks to Maker City supporters:
Massanutten Technical Center, Rocking R Ace Hardware, Ragtime Fabrics, Shickel Corporation, Harrisonburg City (HUD Community Development Block Grant), Cadence, Camp Horizons, Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley Innovation Fund, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham (Arts and Culture Fund), James Madison University, Darrin McHone Foundation, Merck Foundation, Rosetta Stone, Matt Leech Designs, Eugene and Gloria Diener, American Subcontractors Association - Shenandoah Valley 

Items Needed

We will use many items in new and exciting ways. If you have any of the following items you'd like to donate, please drop them off at the front desk:

  • Buttons               
  • Empty thread spools
  • Fabric paint
  • Markers, pencils, pens
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Popsicle sticks
  • WashableTempera Paint
  • Artist brushes (assorted)
  • Modeling Clay
  • Tape (duct, electrical, masking, painters, scotch)
  • Glue sticks
  • Wood glue
  • Craft supplies (pom poms, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners)
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Corks
  • Plastic lids (clean) 
  • Cardboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, gift boxes) 
  • Wood (2 and 3 ft. sections of 2x4, 1x3, 1x4, 1x6 and 2x2 boards)
  • 1/8" plywood
  • Wooden dowels
  • Wheels from old toys
  • Old jewelry
  • CDs
  • Plastic containers (clean)
  • Washers and nuts (medium sized)
  • Legos, K’nex, Blocks, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs
  • Sewing supplies (needles, thread, scissors, fabric)
  • Ribbon, yarn, string
  • Rick-rack and other trim
  • All types of paper (wrapping paper, card stock, construction paper, printer paper, scrapbook)
  • Cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towel, etc.)
  • Canvas, art supplies
  • Cameras, photography equipment
  • Take-apart table items (old or broken electronics, small devices, no monitors please)
  • Nails, screws, bolts, hinges, etc.
  • Dominos, marbles
  • Playing cards (used for building items)
  • Monetary donations are also appreciated to help with equipment and consumable purchases. Donate HERE
Maker City is a trademark of the Maker City Project, Inc. Used with permission.